October 18, 2022
By Murtuza Merchant
The “The Eternal Collection,” the first NFT art collection by Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins, sold out on the NFT marketplace OpenSea in less than ten minutes.
With visual references to his roles in movies like Silence of the Lambs, for which he earned an Oscar for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter, and TV shows like Westworld, the collection consists of more than 1,000 unique artworks.
According to the project’s marketing, the works, which go by names like “The Eternal,” “The Jester,” and “The Lover,” conceptualize “an interpretation of the huge character archetypes Sir Anthony Hopkins has played” in his career.
The line is the result of a partnership with Orange Comet Inc., an LA-based NFT and Web3 design firm co-founded by artists Gloria and Emilio Estefan, ex-NFL star Kurt Warner, and Hollywood producer Dave Broome.
However, due to “high demand”-related problems, the launch was plagued by various technical difficulties and was delayed by more than 45 minutes.
Along with the chance to acquire a piece of digital art, purchasers will also have the chance to score some real-world benefits, such as a private brunch with Hopkins, personally signed prints of the artwork, and audio excerpts of Hopkins explaining the significance of the various archetypes.
NFTMetta’s request for comment from Orange Comet was not immediately greeted with a response.
Art, cryptography, and Anthony Hopkins
Hopkins has frequently focused on the art scene. This is not the first time.
The actor’s debut show took place in 2015 at the independent art gallery Harte International Galleries in Hawaii. He claims to have started painting in the late 1940s.
Since then, the actor has participated in shows in London, New York, Edinburgh, and Las Vegas, most of which have included semi-abstract portraits and landscapes allegedly inspired by English painter Lucian Freud and French cubist Francis Picabia.
Although this is the actor’s first art collection to use blockchain technology, he has previously experimented with NFT.
The actor starred in Rick Dugdale’s thriller Zero Contact in 2021, which received mixed reviews upon its premiere on the NFT platform Vuele.
About the author
Murtuza Merchant is an avid follower of blockchain, cryptocurrencies and NFTs.